Mary Esther United Methodist Church Mary Esther, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre, Destin, Shalimar, Wright, Cinco Bayou, Valparaiso, Niceville, Hurlburt Field, Eglin Air Force Base Tue, 22 May 2018 20:25:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Café Worship Experience: Sunday, May 27, 2018 Sun, 20 May 2018 19:13:50 +0000 Sunday, May 27, 2018
10:07 a.m.

Join us for a casual worship experience to share the Gospel in a relaxed coffeehouse atmosphere.

May 2018: Little Angels Preschool Finalist in Day Care Category! Tue, 08 May 2018 14:13:52 +0000 Little Angels Preschool is recognized as a Finalist in the Day Care Category for the Finest on the Emerald Coast!

See the full story from the Northwest Florida Daily News by clicking here.

TOPS Club Weight Loss Meetings on Thursdays Wed, 02 May 2018 16:17:12 +0000 Read More]]> TOPS Club

9:00 a.m

Mary Esther UMC hosts a TOPS Club meeting every Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

TOPS Club is a hands-on, pounds-off approach to weight loss. You join online and then attend meetings here at the church!

To learn more or signup about TOPS Club, Inc., please go to their website.

For information on our TOPS Club meetings, please contact Pat Purdue at 850-243-3027.

Upcoming Events: May 2018 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:38:40 +0000 Read More]]> Calendar for May 2018

Check out what is happening at Mary Esther UMC in the month of May!

Emerald Coast Hospice

Emerald Coast Hospice

Where are my keys?
A dementia conversation

Emerald Coast Hospice will be leading an informational conversation about dementia on Sunday, May 6, 2018 following service in the Fellowship Hall. The conversation is geared both toward our Seniors and their adult children.

Pastries for Parents

May 2, 2018
8:00 a.m.

Little Angels Preschool will be holding Pastries for Parents in the café at 8:00 a.m. to celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Day.

VBS Planning Meeting

May 6, 2018
Following worship in the Cafe

We will continue discussing and planning VBS 2018. Everyone interested in being a part of the planning please attend. Got Questions? Email

Emmaus Dinner

May 10, 2018
6:00 p.m.

The Emmaus Dinner will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 p.m.

UM Men’s Breakfast

May 12, 2018
8:00 a.m.

UM Men’s Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All men invited to attend.

Little Angels Preschool Performance

May 16, 2018
10:00 a.m.

Little Angels Preschool will have their spring performance in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m.

The Terrific Tuesday performance

May 19, 2018
5:30 p.m.

The Terrific Tuesday performance, O Chicken of Little Faith, will be held in the café at 5:30 p.m.

May Celebrations

Class of 2018

Congrats to our 2018 Graduates!

Courtney Knox
Rebecca Kahren
Vivian Kahren

Please join us on Sunday, May 20, 2018 for Senior Recognition to honor our graduates.

Celebrating Moms

Mother’s Day will be on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Please take the time to honor the Moms within our community.

Ephesians 6:2-3 (NIV) 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

VPK Graduation

On Tuesday, May 22, 2018 our Little Angels Preschool VPK class will have their graduation ceremony in the café at 4:30 p.m.

Volunteers Needed for Children’s Ministries: May 2018 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:18:49 +0000 Volunteers Needed!

We are in need of volunteers for Sunday School, Kids Worship, and Children’s Moment for the months of July through December.

We would need two volunteers for each week. For more questions or to sign-up to volunteer, please contact Deanna Yahney at or call (850) 243-7595.

Mary Esther Moms (MEMoms): May 2018 News Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:46:09 +0000 Read More]]> Mary Esther (ME) Moms May Activities

Connecting moms of all ages and stages for adult conversation, friendship, laughter, and support. ME Moms meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Childcare drop off begins at 9:15 a.m. and the meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. upstairs.

Upcoming Events:

May 8, 2018: Creative Napkin Folding and a craft
May 11, 2018: Moms Night Out: Unwind with Yoga. Cost is $10.
May 22, 2018: Mommy Guilt Bingo and Re-gifting fundraiser.

Summer Break

Summer Break begins May 23, 2018. The group will resume meetings on September 11, 2018.

Contact Monique Cocanougher for further details.

Fresh Hope: Not meeting on May 28, 2018 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:37:54 +0000 A Christian, peer-to-peer, support group for those with mental health challenges, and their loved ones.

Fresh Hope meets on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the Café.

Please Note: Fresh Hope will NOT be meeting on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018.

With Change comes Opportunity: May 2018 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:28:36 +0000 Read More]]> by: Michael Bushey, SPR Chair

One thing about change is that it is inevitable. Churches are not exempt from this. In the United Methodist Church, pastors are appointed for a season and then things change. Some are here for longer seasons than others, but eventually things change. But with change, comes opportunityopportunity to reflect on things of the past; opportunity to grow as individuals and as a congregation; and opportunity to start new traditions while respecting traditions of old. As we head into a season of change with our new pastoral appointment let us embrace the change and look for new opportunities all around us.

Our new pastor, Dr. Sam Parkes, is coming to us from Cloverdale UMC in Dothan, AL and will be officially joining us on July 1, 2018.

Director of Student Ministries/Contemporary Worship Leader position: May 2018 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:11:24 +0000 Read More]]> Open Staff Position

The Mary Esther UMC SPR Committee is still accepting resumes for the position of Director of Student Ministries/Contemporary Worship Leader.

This position is responsible for helping lead youth into a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. This position will include casting vision for the Student Ministry, delivering large group messages, being highly relational, and supporting the entire youth ministry and church with its mission, vision, and strategy. Resumes will be accepted at the church office.

For a complete job listing go to:

Upcoming Events: April 2018 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 18:30:10 +0000 Read More]]> Calendar for April 2018

Check out what is happening at Mary Esther UMC in the month of April!

April 1, 2018
8:00 a.m.

There will be a camp Fundraiser Breakfast for scholarships prior to service on Easter Sunday. Dawn Kahren will make biscuits & gravy, home fries, pancakes, grits, and eggs. Breakfast is donation based and begins at 8:30 a.m.


April 12, 2018
6:00 p.m.

The Emmaus Dinner will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 p.m.

April 14, 2018
8:00 a.m.

United Methodist Men’s Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All men are invited to attend!

April 15, 2018

The deadline to register for Blue Lake: Energize Camp will be April 15, 2018. Camp is June 18-22, 2018. We will take a group of children, grades 3rd grade through 5th grade. Please contact Deanna Yahney for more information.


April 18, 2018
6:30 p.m.

A District Representative will come and speak to Scouts and church representatives about having girls join the Cub Scouts. For additional information, contact Cindy Tidwell at

April 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Monette Walker will be hosting a Women’s Spring Retreat focused on Hope, Saturday April 21, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at her residence.

April 29, 2018
10:07 a.m.

The next Café Worship experience will be Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 10:07 a.m. Join us for a casual worship experience to share the Gospel in a relaxed coffeehouse atmosphere.